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February 19, 2013
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  Best Business Practices 
  • To keep clients, you need to connect
    Retaining customers requires effort from marketing and sales teams, writes Ryan Connors, and retention strategies should be all about making people feel valued. Personalize your communications and embrace social media to connect, and put more effort into understanding what motivates your current customers, Connors advises. He suggests making a special effort to do something nice for your bread-and-butter customers and shifting your focus from what you can offer to how you can improve prospects' lives. B2C Marketing Insider (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Social media musts and minefields
    When using social media for professional purposes, you should generally avoid posting anything negative or politically charged, writes Álvaro J. Soltero. Embrace hashtags and make sure grammar is correct before posting to social media, Soltero advises, and stay engaged. "If you ignore your community, your community will start ignoring you, and eventually you will have no community at all," Soltero says. Social Media Today (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Industry Insight 
 
  • CMS: Part D premiums to fall in 2014
    Medicare Part D beneficiaries will have lower premiums in 2014, due to lower-than-expected increases in health spending, CMS said in a statement. Part D's standard deductible will be $310, or 4.6% lower than in 2013. Copayments are also expected to be down. Bloomberg (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • The pros and cons of expanding Medicaid
    States should expand Medicaid because choosing not to do so would leave many working families without coverage, and would not do anything to alleviate the costly burden of uncompensated care, George Washington University professor Sara Rosenbaum writes. The Heritage Foundation's Ed Haislmaier writes that states should opt out of Medicaid expansion because it doesn't require people to work if they are able, and it is a disservice to push people into a system that offers substandard care. The Wall Street Journal (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
Transformational Journeys: Modern Business Planning
Harvard Business Review explores why CFO's and their finance organizations must adapt to the changing landscape of their markets and how big data, organizational collaboration, and new cloud-based planning and analysis technologies are driving successful change.
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  Market Trends 
 
  • Survey: Gen X, Gen Y say their financial expertise is limited
    Twenty percent of Generation X and Y consumers say they use a financial adviser, and only 14% consider themselves "very knowledgeable" about the product options available, according to a LIMRA survey. Among Gen X households, 43% of their $3 trillion in assets are in pension and retirement accounts, with 30% in IRAs and two-thirds in defined-contribution plans, LIMRA says. Less than 50% of Gen X members said they save more than 8%, while one-fifth of Gen Y respondents said they're saving less than 3%. AdvisorOne (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AHIP infographic and plans’ best immunization practices
    AHIP’s infographic complements its “Immunization Innovations,” an online resource featuring leading immunization programs aimed at increasing immunization rates for children, adolescents and adults. Complete with video and audio announcements and links to educational tools, Immunization Innovations highlights promising models that health plans around the country are using to improve the health of their members and communities. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • “AIS's Directory of Health Plans: 2013” shipping soon
    Available in print or CD, “AIS’s Directory of Health Plans: 2013” allows you to make smart decisions based on solid data. Use the directory to identify market trends, gain insight into health plan models, determine which networks may best serve for your organization, develop benchmarks and more. Visit the AHIP Store to reserve your copy today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Everything that lives, lives not alone, nor for itself."
--William Blake,
British poet and painter


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